New products from Peak Design

Peak Design is by now a well know company that creates high quality camera bags, backpacks and accessories. And each time the come with something new, they do it through Kickstarter, as that’s where they had their start. And they doing it again today, with their new products. So if you find them interesting, now it’s the time to get them, as the Kickstarter price is quite lower than the final retail price. You can find the Kickstarter page here.

So what’s new? A Travel line, made specialy for traveling, consisting of:

Travel Backpack 45L

A quite a big travel backpack, made in a more modular design than other Peak Design products. You can use it as a normal backpack, or use the camera and packing cubes to change the inside of it. With the camera cube you can made it more into a camera backpack. The retail price should be 299.95 USD, with the Kickstarter price being 235 USD
Peak Design new products

Camera and Packing cubes

These cubes are meant to be used with the Travel Backpack, where you use them to change the inside of the bag. You can do different configurations here.
Peak Design new products

Tech and Wash Pouch

And to finish it off Peak design also introduced two smaller pouches, one specifically designed for smaller tech items, and one for hygienic items.
Peak Design new products

You can find more photos and information, as well as pricing on the Kickstarter page here.

(all photos courtesy of Peak Design)

Wide view from Paris

And another panorama. This one is from my visit to Paris last year. I took it quite early in the morning, right before the sunrise. As you can see, the blue hour was quite nice, but since it was really cloudy, the sunrise was not so much.

This is a two shot panorama, combined in Lightroom, edited in Photoshop.

Wide view from Paris, France

And here are few details:

Wide view from Paris, France

Panoramas

Did you know that there are zoomable versions of huge panoramas I took available on the blog? Just head over to the Panoramas section, choose the one you like, and zoom in as much as you want :)

Windmill on the Moulin Rouge

I really like the look on the windmill on the mouling rouge. It give the building such a distinctive look. You can mistake it for nothing else :)

This photo is a two shot blend, one for the base, second one to brighten the shadows a bit. Edited in Lightroom, blended in Photoshop.

Windmill on the Moulin Rouge, Paris, France

Handheld photos

I hate it when I have to take landscape/cityscape photos handheld. Rather I really like to take my time, setup the camera, do manual focusing and take the exact photo I want. I especially noticed when I stated using a tripod first time, that the composition of my photos got better. Just the forced slowdown made me think more of what I’m doing. I also ended up less photos in the end.

So how would you get a better handheld photo? Here are few tips, for that.

  1. Hold your camera close. The closer you hold the camera to your body, the less change you will move your hands while taking the photo.
  2. If you can, place the camera on something. Having a support of any kind will help you keep the camera steady.
  3. Higher ISO instead of bigger aperture. Think of it this way, you can de-noise a photo, you can’t sharpen a out of focus one. Just don’t overdo it.
  4. Under expose your photo. With the current cameras, you can easily overexpose a photo by 1 to 2 stops, sometimes even more. So underexposing a shot by having a shorter exposure, and then overexposing it after in post-processing, can really help you.
  5. Repeat the shot multiple times. The more photos you take, the bigger chance one of them will be good.
  6. Use a timer. I noticed when I take handheld photos, that when I press the shutter I push on the camera and so move it down a bit. This can be a problem. So instead, I turn on the 2s timer, and I just hold the camera, so it does not move when it’s recording the photo.
  7. Forget about bracketing. Rather just do multiples of the same photo. You can get most from one RAW anyway in most situations and I jet to see anyone with such steady hands that can hold the camera for so long (but maybe you are an exception? :)).

Still if you doing a landscape or a cityscape shot, I would go with a tripod every-time, even in the middle of a sunny day :)

Sunny day panorama from Paris

And while on the topic on handheld photos, here is one. When you go to Paris, to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, you will notice that the use of any tripods of any kind is not allowed up there. So the only thing you can really do, is to shoot handheld.

So I was there during a quite sunny day, and this is one of the photos I got. For this sunny day panorama, I did two shots, combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

If you need tips on where to take photos in Paris, check out this Top Photography spots list.

Sunny day panorama from Paris, France

And here are few details:

Sunny day panorama from Paris, France

Gaming list

I shared with you a reading list so how about a gaming list today :) What games am I currently playing?

I play most games on the Xbox One or the PS4. I very rarely anymore play on the PC (that’s just for work :)), and I never play on mobile. Just don’t like it. Actually I almost always play for about 20-30 minutes, as little breaks between other stuff, mostly work. There used to be times when I could play for hours and hours in a row, but that’s long time ago :) And I never ever play multiplayer. I just don’t like when a game can’t be finished.

So recently, since I never had a PS3, I have been getting through all the remasters on the PS4. Beyond two Souls, Last of US and God of War III recently. I now started Gravity Rush and then still have the Shadow of the Colossus.

On the Xbox, I just finished the second South Park game, and I’m currently playing Catherine, Back to the Future The game and finally want to finish Rise Son of Rome.

I really like to finish all the games I play, and usually when I start one, I play it till it’s done :)

What are you playing this week?

The red lights of the Moulin Rouge

This one is a bit older photo. I took it in 2015 while in Paris. Right after I got back from there, I did tried to edit it, but I just did not like the result. But as time goes, one learns more editing, I tried it again last night. And I got a result I liked withing minutes.

It’s of course the Mouling Rouge, and while I tried to have less people in the shot, it was just too busy that evening. This is a two exposure blend, one for the base another one used to darken the few highlights. Edited in Lightroom finished in Photoshop.

The red lights of the Moulin Rouge, Paris, France

Top photography spots – Lyon

Recently I had more time to work on the blog. And as the Top photography spots are the most popular part of it, I’m working on expanding that part of it. So today, I have for you another list. This time it’s the Top photography spots in Lyon. Lyon is just a wonderfull city in France, that you all should visit if you can, and of course get some great spotos.

So head over to the Top photography spots – Lyon page to check them out. As always, all spots show an example image and GPS location.

Lyon, France

Looking up

I quite like taking photos of towers. And the Eiffel tower is just so beautiful every time. Especially this golden yellow color again the blue sky. It create such a natural color contrast.

Have not been to Paris in almost a year now, so I’m not sure how this are looks now. Last time I was there, they were building a glass wall around the bottom of the tower, so who knows. Will have to check it out next time I’m there. But as always looking up is worth it :)

This is a two shot vertorama, combined in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop. I used another two separate exposures for the bottom part, where I removed few people that were too close to the camera.

Looking up, Eiffel tower, Paris, France
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